Saturday, 16 February 2013

Matthew 14

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.

He withdrew, not only to grieve his loss, but also to avoid conflict (also 12:14-16).

Susan said...

v.18 Bring them here to me,” he said.

(From Constable’s commentary) “The Jews had a tradition that when Messiah came He would feed the people with bread from heaven as Moses had done (Deut. 18:15). Elisha also had miraculously fed 100 men (2 Kings 4:42-44).

Susan said...

v.19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

We receive from Jesus and pass it on to others.

Susan said...

v.28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

Peter volunteered for this step of faith.

Jim Freeman said...

v. 2"…and (Herod) said to his servants, 'This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead…"

I don't think I had ever noticed the way the story of John the Baptist's death prefigures that of Jesus. There are a few similarities between the two: John has been arrested, he is executed without just cause, his death is ordered by a person with civil authority. But Herod is wrong when he assumes that Jesus is the resurrected John. The stories that follow help to clarify the difference. Jesus alone is worthy of our faith.

Susan said...

Yes indeed, Jesus alone is worthy of our faith.

Thanks Jim, for dropping by.